Walk this way: can a health coaching intervention increase physical activity in people with severe mental illness?

waqar-khalid-xHrkWhLVM8E-unsplash copy

Gordon Johnston and Michel Syrett prepare for the #HealthSMI event on 24th June by blogging about a recent pilot RCT of a health coaching intervention (Walk This Way) to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in people with serious mental illness.

[read the full story...]

Physical activity while pregnant may help prevent postpartum depression

freestocks-ux53SGpRAHU-unsplash

Briana Applewhite summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of physical activity during pregnancy and the risk of postpartum depression.

[read the full story...]

Older people who self-harm: the added complication of comorbidities

sharon-mccutcheon-4HjsTvonLPc-unsplash

In her debut blog, Pooja Saini summarises a recent qualitative study that explored access to care for older adults who self-harm. The blog contains some excellent recommendations for primary care professionals and policy-makers.

[read the full story...]

Lay people intervening and preventing suicide in a public place: how is it done and is it effective?

jude-beck-1UTjTz4w4xQ-unsplash

Dafni Katsampa and Ioana Crivatu explore a qualitative paper. which gives accounts from both survivors and interveners of a suicide attempt in a public place.

[read the full story...]

Alcohol: a drug in a class of its own

frank-luca-c-fbj_fTFUM-unsplash

Ian Hamilton summarises a systematic review published last week, which explores the role of alcohol use and drinking patterns in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality.

[read the full story...]

Play in the pandemic

andre-guerra-G4ZjuxOFD8Y-unsplash

Helen Dodd summarises a recent rapid review of the impact of quarantine and restricted environments on children’s play and health outcomes.

[read the full story...]

Trainee doctors’ attitudes to mental illness among their peers

shutterstock_486043666 square

Penelope Zoe Stavrou summarises a recent qualitative study exploring UK trainee doctors’ attitudes to mental illness among their peers and their access to support services.

[read the full story...]

Social media to diagnose depression: should this be used to target mental health care?

george-pagan-iii-f-PH16nZHKI-unsplash

In their debut blog, Rina Dutta and Charlotte Cliffe summarise a mixed methods study, which explores public opinion about using social media to diagnose depression.

[read the full story...]

Online psychotherapy for the COVID era: digital healthcare with insights from Auschwitz?

samantha-borges-EeS69TTPQ18-unsplash

M. David Enoch writes his debut elf blog on a recent article in the BJPsych Bulletin about the trailblazing use of online interventions to enable autonomous psychological care.

His blog also suggests that during the current pandemic we may learn something important from Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, which was born out of the horrors of the World War II concentration camps.

[read the full story...]

Targeted school-based interventions for adolescents with depression and anxiety

shutterstock_299655935

Rachel Symons summarises a practitioner review looking at the effectiveness of indicated school‐based interventions for adolescents, which finds a positive impact on both depression and anxiety, but little evidence of long-term benefit.

[read the full story...]